Tag Archives: Backpacking

Trail register at Diamond Notch

Most maintained trails have a trail register and possibly a kiosk. In our many years on the trail we have observed back-country travelers faithfully sign-in and out providing valuable information for authorities. We have also seen hikers, hunters, trail-runners, mountain bikers, etc. pass right by them as they don’t exist. First I have to admit, here in New York, our registers ask for a lot of information which I do not give (i.e., address). Yes,…

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Hiking gear in the forest

Have you lost stuff on your backcountry trips? We see it, items left at the trailhead waiting for owners to “return” and get them. Usually minor items. One outing we were coming from Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks and there was an expensive Northface jacket draped over the register. A couple of weeks ago we were out on West Kill Mountain in the Catskills and returned to our car via the Diamond Notch Trail. We…

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Designated Campsite Batavia Kill Escarpment Trail Catskills

The Catskill’s Escarpment Trail has been a favorite for hikers for generations. It’s ruggedness and wilderness feel will appeal to almost any outdoor enthusiast. Along its 23-mile length, the trail winds over 7 mountains with a high point of 3,940′ at the summit of Blackhead Mountain – vistas are many and are awe-inspiring. With steep uphills, some precipitous drops, and relatively few water sources it is one of New York’s most challenging trails. Plan well and study…

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Getting breakfast ready on the "summit" viewing ledge on Slide Mountain

The Catskills were once “America’s First Wilderness”. Even though not thought of true wilderness today the Catskills are still plenty wild! Being only a 2.5-hour drive from NYC, it makes the Catskills a prime destination for millions of people. Over the years, the Catskills have been overlooked and “forgotten”. However, in the past few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in this once bustling region. So if you’re planning to visit let’s clear up some…

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Campfire

I had to laugh. I wondered if the music at the start had something to do with how easy it was to start the fire. But really, great video on a subject that’s not well taught (or taught at all). This is a well done tutorial watch it until the end for the “out-takes”. Related searches: How to start a fire in the snow Starting a fire under adverse weather How to make a fire…

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Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully. Read more here!

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